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President- Saga Education

Saga Education
Massachusetts, United States
$200,000.00 - $220,000.00
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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Position Title: President

Location:  100% Remote; Boston, MA or Washington, DC preferred

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer


About Saga Education
Who we are

Saga Education is the national leader in high-impact, in-school-day tutoring. We leverage the power of human capital and technology to accelerate student outcomes and create more equitable learning for students. We are a central partner in the movement to accelerate the day when equitable opportunities for learning are provided to students across all of our public schools. Since our founding as a nonprofit in 2014, we have reached more than 30,000 students in schools across six different regions. With our proven-to-work tutoring model and focus on relationship building, we have been able to reach students who need it most and support families, educators, and school districts through our services.


We run direct service programs in multiple cities, and we also support states and school districts in every time zone (and in the Netherlands) with our training, technical assistance, and quality assurance services for getting high-impact tutoring right. We work actively with many organizations to change the federal and state landscapes to help ensure that high impact tutoring isn’t only a recovery and acceleration plan in response to Covid, but is also a new, systemic lever to redesign schools to work for kids who are experiencing poverty, who in this country are disproportionately Black and brown.


Saga is a financially strong, talent-filled, rapid growth organization whose work led to the most significant research about high impact tutoring, that in turn led to the growing movement towards infusing effective tutoring into US schools and schools worldwide.  Saga has attracted funding from philanthropies including Mackenzie Scott, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Overdeck Family Foundation, and many others.  The University of Chicago’s Education Lab calls Saga’s results “among the most effective ever rigorously studied in US public schools,” with students gaining as much as 2 ½ years of extra learning in one year in Saga’s directly run program model.


For more information about Saga Education’s vision, mission, and services, please visit


What We Do 

Inside each student lives a story waiting to unfold. We know every student is capable of shaping a story of success—in school, and in life. But not every student has had a fair chance to see it. Saga Education envisions a world where students–especially Black and Latinx students–have equitable access to economic and social mobility. To achieve this, Saga seeks to establish high-impact, in-school-day, high impact tutoring as an integrated part of a student’s education, as a proven strategy to accelerate educational equity. 

Years of scientific study and research show that our program works–not only to raise math scores but to foster the confidence and sense of belonging that underpin all academic success. As a trusted leader and partner in building powerful tutoring programs, Saga provides the resources and tools to enable all districts to take advantage of our 19 years of expertise. 

Position Summary:

Saga Education is seeking a President who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the internal team, including implementation of the strategy approved by the CEO and Board, organizational and team management, program implementation, promoting vibrant culture, and impactful and effective communication with internal stakeholders. The President will skillfully oversee multiple programs, produce strong outcomes, and hold departments accountable in a complex organization. The President will ensure that the organization carries forward its mission and continues to grow, adapt, and innovate to meet the educational needs of the communities we serve.


Reporting to the CEO, the President will provide strategic direction and operational oversight to the executive team while ensuring the successful execution of Saga's strategic priorities. This position will oversee the executive team which includes the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief People and Culture Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of R&D, VP of Marketing, and an Executive Assistant. The President will supply strong leadership and direction internally and is charged with creating and supporting a collaborative and affirming workplace where Saga employees feel valued and can maximize their contribution in service to its organizational vision. The President will nurture, inspire, and empower an effective and diverse team. 


Core Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop, refine, and execute Saga's strategic priorities, ensuring alignment with the organization's vision, mission, and goals in collaboration with the CEO and executive team. 
  • Act as a key advisor to the CEO on critical internal decisions, leveraging expertise and insights to help identify and resolve challenges and bottlenecks within the organization. Employ a systematic and data-driven approach to problem-solving and decision-making. 
  • Shepherd fiscal responsibility by partnering with the CEO and CFO to lead the organization toward achieving its financial goals.


Effective Organizational and Team Management

  • Inspire, empower, and manage a team of seven direct reports on the executive team, amplifying their work in achieving organizational objectives and ensuring Saga’s sustainable impact. Cultivate and maintain strong relationships and guide team members’ growth and development.
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff to cultivate strong, trusting working relationships at every level, ensure alignment, and drive a culture of feedback in pursuit of strategic objectives.
  • Promote a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment that fosters employee growth and satisfaction.
  • Demonstrate communication transparency with Saga leaders by sharing wins, challenges, and consistently future planning. 
  • Champion and demonstrate an abiding passion and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging values, creating an environment where various viewpoints are considered, and decisions are made after due deliberation.


Impactful Operational Excellence

  • Drive process improvements, operational efficiencies, and best practices across the organization to ensure that Saga Education consistently delivers high-quality services and outcomes. Champion the adoption of innovative tools and technologies to enhance organizational effectiveness. 
  • Monitor and report on the progress of strategic initiatives, identifying areas of improvement and making data-driven recommendations for adjustments as needed.
  • Set challenging yet realistic goals and create effective measuring tools to gauge effectiveness and impact.


Desired Qualifications

The President will bring a demonstrated track record of building and managing teams and initiatives with a measurable, sustainable impact on a regional scale, and a suite of related skills around organizational development, people, culture, marketing, financial, and operational management. 


While it’s understood that no single candidate will bring every single competency, strong candidates will offer the following skills, characteristics, and experiences:

  • Passion, empathy, and a deep commitment to accelerate education equity for underserved students.
  • A minimum of 10 years of executive leadership experience in a national nonprofit organization or ed-tech leadership experience.
  • Significant experience with an organization that works with youth, education, and/or children serving organizations, and/or the understanding of and ability to maneuver in the education, ed-tech, and social service sectors across the country.
  • Demonstrated track record of leading growing executive teams and an organization with revenue of $20M through periods of growth, change and direction setting.
  • Seasoned executive leader with strong management acumen, with demonstrated expertise leading and developing senior level executive talent.
  • Demonstrated ability to set clear expectations and accountability measures for deliverables while encouraging innovation and initiative.
  • Adept at building and leading remote, regional, and national teams with proven experience leading those teams to scale.
  • A strong, proactive problem solver who can bridge the gap between strategy and execution.
  • Experience leading or building DEIB cultural practice; one who centers equity and inclusion as a key value.
  • Strong process implementation and improvement experience, and change management capabilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key information both verbally and in writing to CEO, Board, and direct reports.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% time.


Compensation and Benefits 

Salary range: $200,000 - $220,000/annual

Salary is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, skill set level, years of previous/applicable experience, and Saga’s commitment to ensuring pay equity within the organization.



Saga Education offers competitive compensation and benefits, which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, IVF coverage, paid parental leave, opt-in FSA, and tele-health benefits. Saga provides a generous PTO package including a paid Winter Wellness Break, vacation days, holidays, sick days, personal days, opt-in 401k with discretionary match, and company provided technology. All employees have access to our comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, Saga 360 Wellness Program and DEIB events and initiatives.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness & Belonging Commitment and Hiring Statement 

Saga Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) has always been central to our vision and mission at Saga Education. To remain at the forefront of educational innovation and impact, we celebrate and leverage our diversity in all its intersectional identities and nurture a sense of belonging at all levels of the organization. We welcome ideas and perspectives from all employees to fulfill the full promise of our mission. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this and all available roles. Please visit our website for more information on our DEIB mission, vision, and promise.  


How to Apply

Maneva Group, a woman and minority owned national executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven searches, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. To express interest in this role, please submit your resume and cover letter to  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. This position is available immediately; we will accept and review new applications until filled.

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